“You stir man to take pleasure in praising you,
because you have made us for yourself,
and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

St. Augustine, Confessions Book 1 (1)

This most famous quote from St. Augustine is from the very first paragraph of book 1.  This verse sits in the middle of two paragraphs that asks an important question about our relationship with the God who created us. “…which comes first – to call upon you or to praise you”.  In these two paragraphs St. Augustine quotes Sacred Scripture nine times, six of which are from the Psalms.  He has learned the Psalms and from this masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament, he has learned how to praise the Lord.  St. Augustine is confessing to “The Truth”, that humanity was created for God, to know God, and to praise God for all eternity.  This truth is timeless, and until one admits this, and submits to this, their heart will remain restless.

So where to start learning how to pray to the God who created us?  Follow St. Augustine’s example and read the Psalms, and do not just read them, pray with them!

“You are great, Lord, and highly to be praised (Psalm 47:2)

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